UCLA Rumors & News

  • Jordan Clarkson 'LaMelo Ball Doesn't Need NCAA ... He's Gonna Be Rich!!'

    TMZ "Jordan Clarkson says it's no biggie if LaMelo Ball's ineligible to play college hoops ... 'cause he thinks the $395 signature shoe is gonna make the H.S. prodigy a ton of cash!! TMZ Sports spoke with the Lakers star about the BBB's "Melo Ball 1" and whether LaVar's decision to release the shoes..." September 09

  • LaVar Ball brushes off LaMelo eligibility concerns due to MB1 shoe, says NCAA 'not my boss'

    ESPN "If having a signature shoe ultimately costs 16-year-old LaMelo Ball his NCAA eligibility, his father, LaVar Ball, isn't worried about it. Given a choice between one or the other, LaVar said the priority is the shoe. "He's going to have a shoe," LaVar said Saturday night during his son's..." September 03

  • Steve Alford not worried about LaVar Ball meddling with UCLA team

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Alford UCLA LaVar Ball may be extremely outspoken and controlling with his sons, but those ways may not extend to the UCLA basketball team. At least Steve Alford is not worried about that. Alford told the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch that he does not see Ball’s potential meddling as an..." August 10

  • Shareef O'Neal 'I'm Gonna Be 1-and-Done ... Won't Play LaMelo'

    TMZ "Sorry, Shaq and LaVar -- looks like the epic matchup between your sons ain't happenin' ... 'cause Shareef O'Neal says he's gunning to be 1-and-done before LaMelo Ball makes it to UCLA. We got Shareef leaving LAX with his mom, Shaunie ... and the Arizona Wildcats recruit told us straight-up..." August 01

  • Shaq 'Shareef's 100% Better Than LaMelo ... I LOVE The Smack Talk'

    TMZ "Shaq says his boy has it right (it's okay for him to say it, Conor) ... telling TMZ Sports his son Shareef's claim that he'd beat LaMelo Ball in hoops is 100% accurate. Reef talked his ish to us when we got him at LAX, telling our camera guy he likes 'Melo as a person, but when it comes down to..." July 15

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 'LaVar Ball Is Bad for NCAA Hoops'

    TMZ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says parents like LaVar Ball are bad for college basketball -- because they're turning the NCAA into a "huckster show." KAJ was expressing his disdain for 1-and-done college players during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic when he specifically went in on Lonzo Ball's..." June 17

  • Bryce Alford on LaVar Ball Putting an Undeserved Rep on Lonzo

    Black Sports Online "I have never heard anyone say anything personally negative about Lonzo Ball. His teammates loved him, his coaches rave about him and by all accounts he was extremely well liked on the UCLA campus. The issue becomes people want him to fail because of the strong feelings they have about his..." May 29

  • LaMelo Ball's Game is Getting Roasted After 'Highlight' Tape Emerges

    Complex "LaMelo Ball made headlines when he dropped 92 points in a high school game, and the younger brother of Lonzo Ball already has a UCLA scholarship lined up. But with the shadow of his father's Big Baller Brand looming over him, the youngest Ball son is a target any time he steps on the..." May 29

  • Steve Alford says LaVar Ball 'never' meddled at UCLA

    Sporting News "It's easy to assume that LaVar Ball was involved in some way or form at UCLA while his son was with the program. After seeing how involved he has been after Lonzo left for the NBA how could one not assume that? But according to UCLA coach Steve Alford in an interview with the Los Angeles Times,..." May 26

  • Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday will return to UCLA next season

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA received a double dose of welcome news Tuesday regarding the NBA draft: Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday are withdrawing their names from consideration. Welsh announced on Twitter that he would return for his senior season and Holiday’s mother, Toya, said in a text message to The Times that..." May 24

  • Steve Alford Should End LaVar Ball Circus, Tell Him LiAngelo and LaMelo Aren't Playing at UCLA

    The Big Lead "LaVar Ball’s latest comments, blaming slow white guys for UCLA’s tourney loss to Kentucky, represented a veiled shot at Steve Alford. While Alford certainly does not have an unblemished history, he’s got to be asking himself every day, if not every hour, whether one season of LaMelo Ball chucking..." April 07

  • LaVar Ball Denies Racism After 'White Guys' Comment: 'I'm Just Stating a Fact'

    TMZ "LaVar Ball claims his comment criticizing white players on UCLA's basketball team wasn't racist ... saying "that's just a realistic fact." Ball joined "Tiki and Tierney" on CBS Sports Radio to address his controversial statement ... “You can’t win no championship with three white guys because..." April 07

  • LaVar Ball Comment About "White Guys" is Really a Veiled Shot at Steve Alford

    The Big Lead "LaVar Ball briefly shut his mouth after Kentucky’s De'Aaron Fox embarrassed his son Lonzo Ball during the NCAA Tournament last month. But after getting a taste of the spotlight in 2017, LaVar Ball just can’t help himself, he craves seeing his name in the headlines: He’s back to saying insanely..." April 07

  • LaVar Ball Says UCLA Didn't Win Title Because White Players Are Too Slow

    Orange County Register "Lonzo Ball pulled his hamstring during UCLA’s season-ending loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16, his father LaVar Ball revealed Thursday, adding it prevented Lonzo from taking over for teammates who lacked the athleticism required to win a national championship. “Realistically you can’t win no..." April 07

  • UCLA's Ike Anigbogu to test NBA waters

    Fanrag Sports "UCLA Bruins standout Ike Anigbogu will enter the 2017 NBA Draft, a source told FanRag Sports on Wednesday. However, he will not be signing with an agent, which will make him eligible to return to college. A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Anigbogu only played 13.0 minutes per game..." April 05

  • Nike Thinks A $1 Billion Shoe Deal For The Ball Brothers Is A Tad Pricy

    Uproxx "Do you know what it takes to ask Nike for a $1 billion endorsement contract for your three basketball-playing sons? A lot of Balls. Three, to be exact. That’s what infamous sports dad Lavar Ball wants for his sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LiMelo: a [Dr. Evil voice] $1 billion shoe deal. It’s..." April 04

  • Most Teams Giving 'Very Slight Edge' To Markelle Fultz Over Lonzo Ball

    Real GM Basketball "When it comes to the draft board of NBA teams, Markelle Fultz "has a very slight edge" over Lonzo Ball at the top for most teams. Fultz and Ball are widely expected to be the first two players selected in June's draft. Fultz's ability to play multiple positions is considered an added benefit..." April 04

  • Phil Knight says Nike has 'an interest' in Lonzo Ball

    USA Today "Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, said the company would be interested in signing Lonzo Ball, the UCLA star who is turning pro after completing his freshman season. Knight also said he has no qualms about Lonzo’s father, LaVar, seeking $1 billion in exchange for a shoe and apparel deal for Lonzo..." April 02

  • T.J. Leaf becomes second UCLA freshman to declare for 2017 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "UCLA freshman T.J. Leaf declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday. “This was a huge decision for me and my family,” Leaf said in a statement. “It was definitely one of the hardest decisions in my life. I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft with the intent of hiring an agent. I just want to..." March 31

  • Lonzo Ball says he isn’t worried about being targeted by NBA players

    Fox Sports "Just a few days after UCLA’s season came to an end against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament and star point guard Lonzo Ball declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, the Ball family visited Undisputed to talk about the Bruins’ loss, the pressure LaVar Ball has heaped upon his children, and whether LaVar..." March 29